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Pablo Stays Home

November 12, 2008

Instead of trying his luck in Italian soccer, something he has been exploring for some time, Colorado Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni has decided to stay on in Denver. He had been previously linked to Serie A side Cagliari plus a handful of Serie B teams before deciding to stay with his current club. His decision seems in part to do with the signing of interim coach Gary Smith to a three year deal.

Mastroeni told newspaper reporters: “I can honestly say it wasn’t a hard decision for me,” after confirming he signed a four-year deal. “The last few months of the season, with Gary at the helm, I think completely changed my mind about where I wanted to be (and) where my heart was.”

So, instead of adding a fifth American player to Italian soccer, it looks we’ll stick with four this season.

Photo courtsey of MLSNET

Cagliari: Interested in Mastroeni?

July 6, 2008

Serie A side Cagliari are reported to be interested in US and Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni. The 31-year-old veteran has been keen to play in Spain or Italy and according to Napoli Affari, Cagliari is interested in signing him. Originally born in Argentina, Mastroeni’s international performances have been seen positively here the past few years since he seems to fit the mold Italian coaches are looking for.

The Sardinian side finished 14th in the league last year and is looking for experience in the midfield but does not have the resources to buy big-name talent. So, Mastroeni may be just what they need (and the price is right).

Meanwhile, there seems to be renewed interest from Bologna for the services of Benfica’s Freddy Adu, who is also reportedly being courted by AS Monaco and Genoa. Fellow American Oguchi Onyewu of Standard Liege is also in talks with a few teams; the Bundesliga’s FC Cologne and Fulham of the English Premiership.